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Went to evening practice. There were about 6 or so of us there, Sensei was absent, so Victor took over the class. It was a little different, but mostly the same as if Sensei had been there. The teaching was good, and the people the same. The atmosphere was only slightly less relaxed, as one would expect when the senior students were running the dojo. I was worried at first, as the only other dojo that I had been to where the sempei were teaching did not feel that good. Ours felt good, there was still laughter, and a lot of good feeling in the building.
We did Morote Dori Kokyu Nage. Victor had us work only on the hand part for a little while, and I sure learned a lot this way! It was amazing. When I focused on only the hand part, I could see easily where I needed to apply some more concentration, and learned quicker on what I was missing on the hands. I wonder if I practiced just the feet a little if that would help too. SPIRALS!
Then we did Waza (IS this the right word? Or is it Jiyu Waza?)!!!! Wow that was really cool!!!! This was for a lack of a better phrase staged reality training. I paired up with Don, and did my best to pop him one a couple of times. It was cool, as it did not of course connect with him. Ok I did hold back a little, but not much. You gotta worry about popping people when you weigh in at 250 lbs…. Even if you do think you are not going to connect. Then Don grabbed me a few times. He did attacks that I had been introduced to the defense on. And for the most part I did OK, except where I stopped and looked at him a couple of times. I learned that one of my newly learned techniques, Kate Dori Shino Nage can work with both wrists grabbed, would that then be Ryote dori Shiho Nage? Then Victor came over and was my "Attacker" for a while. He did things that I had not studied at all yet, like grabbing my Gi. I said I don't know how to do anything with that yet. He gave me the patient Victor look, and said "Well try Something" So I Shiho Nage it. It was pretty amazing all in all. I know that Don and Victor were both being nice to me, and gentle on the newby, but this stuff actually might work in a real physical Conflict. It is one thing to see Sensei or one of the Sempeis doing things, and another completely to do them yourself. It was a way cool Aikido Class.